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  • What's up guys my name is Aaron, and I teach English and Spanish on take lessons comm and

  • Today I wanted to make a video

  • To help my students learn a fun way of learning English and of course that is through music so

  • Today we're going to be studying a song by Kelly Clarkson

  • and it's called my life would suck without you and this is just a

  • super-fun song

  • Every time I hear it

  • It just makes me want to get up and dance and go crazy and just enjoy myself

  • So when you listen to this song? It's not gonna feel like studying and of course

  • That's the key to learn any language is to make it fun. I

  • chose this song specifically because it has a lot of informal English and slang words, so

  • You might hear Kelly say some things in this song that someone told you not to say in English

  • Or someone might have told you that this is wrong well

  • It's not wrong. Kelly is not learning English she speaks English

  • She's a native English speaker, and this is just the way she talks

  • So you should at least be aware that English speakers do talk like this and I want you to be able to?

  • recognize it and

  • Understand it when you hear someone say something like this on top of that if you always use the language

  • That's in your textbook

  • they're gonna sound like a textbook so I encourage you to listen to this song and

  • Listen to the way that she talks

  • And if you try to learn from the way that she talks you're gonna sound more like a native English speaker

  • When you speak English.

  • now with that said this lesson is going to be geared a little or towards intermediate or

  • advanced English learners

  • Who can benefit from learning the slang and

  • informal ways of speaking in English

  • But if you're a beginner then still listen to the song because it's still super fun

  • And I still think it'll help you learn English, so let's jump into the song. Here's the first verse

  • So I told you that in this song kelly uses informal English and right from the very start

  • She's already breaking the rules

  • Her first sentence is guess this means you're sorry now

  • You might already know that in English you always need to include

  • the subject of the sentence so what she's trying to say here is I

  • guess this means you're sorry we're the subject of the sentence is I

  • But she doesn't say that here the subject is just understood to be her

  • So when she says guess this means you're sorry she's really saying I guess this means you're sorry

  • which means that she doesn't really know for sure and

  • Maybe no one actually told her this but somehow she just knows

  • Then in the next line were able to see how

  • Kelly is able to guess that this guy is sorry

  • so he's standing at her door which probably means that he left and then came back to her and

  • From that she's able to guess that he's sorry

  • Now we don't know for sure yet what he's sorry about but apparently

  • He's been a bad boy, and he has to come back and he has something to apologize for and we're gonna find that out next

  • Now I want to talk for a minute about the phrase take back

  • Because this is two words

  • But really it's one verb because when you use these two words together

  • They mean something very specific especially when you're talking about

  • Take back some words now when you buy something from the store, and you take it back

  • you're returning it because you changed your minds, and you don't want that thing anymore and

  • This is a very similar concept

  • Because the guy has said something to Kelly and then he changed his mind

  • And he's coming back to her and now he wants to take back the things that he said it's like he's saying

  • I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said those things. I take it back

  • Now I really quickly want to talk about why she used the word like at the beginning of this sentence

  • It's because she was talking about a list of things all the things that he said that he's taking back

  • Now she didn't tell us what those things are

  • But they might have been something like you're fat, or like you're stupid or

  • You might have said something like I hate you or anything else

  • We'll never know but these are a list of things that he said the one thing that we do know is that he said I

  • Want anyone but you so here

  • She's giving an example of one of the things that he said and this is

  • Really a very serious thing to say to your girlfriend if you say I want anyone but you

  • That's literally saying that I would be happy with any other person on the planet

  • But not you so you are the only person that I don't want that's kind of crappy

  • Now listen to how she pronounces the word wanted

  • Because she does not pronounce it the way that you might expect

  • The proper way to pronounce this word in English is

  • Wanted, but when we're speaking in actual conversations in real life

  • That's not the way we talk we tends to run our words together and speak fast and we get a little bit lazy

  • And if you're good you'll still be able to understand English speakers when we're talking like this

  • so she's dropping the tea out of that word and kind of weakening the D at the end so instead of

  • Wanted she says wanted just listen to the difference between those two a few times

  • wanted

  • wanted wanted

  • wanted

  • and this is a very common thing for English speakers to do such as words like painting or

  • mounted or

  • hunting

  • Like I'm going deer hunting this weekend

  • So pay careful attention to that when you listen to people if you don't

  • Understand one of the words that they're saying it might be because they're pronouncing it this way

  • Here is another example of Kelly's informal speech where she takes a sentence and drops the subject

  • Now what she's saying here is you said you'd never come back

  • But what she actually says is just said you'd never come back

  • And it's understood that the guy is the one who said this

  • because he's the one that she was just talking about so the subject of a sentence kind of carries over to this one and

  • Now we're going to go into the chorus, and this is honestly the most fun part of the song so here it is

  • The only thing I want to say about this line is that she does not use the full word

  • because she shortens it in two cuz and

  • honestly that is much more kind than using the whole word and

  • Honestly these two words mean the exact same thing the first one is just more formal the second one is less formal

  • Now here she's using the word got in the same

  • sense as the word have and

  • This is not a correct way of saying that but that's how she talks in everyone understands her

  • So when she's saying you got a piece of me what she's actually saying is you have a piece of me?

  • And I don't understand entirely what she's saying there

  • She's being a little bit poetic but apparently she's saying like

  • He is captivating her or just that she really cares about him in some way the other thing

  • I want to point out is her pronunciation of gut

  • Because she doesn't say you got a piece of me

  • She says you got a piece of me

  • And that's another example of how we run words together in English you will never experience an English speaker saying the words

  • Gut uh at least not a native speaker from the United States

  • That's just not something we say it's gotta all the time

  • So what she's actually doing there is taking that T. Sound that and

  • replacing it with a flap sound the

  • which you'll be familiar with if you speak Spanish or

  • Maybe some other language that has these flaps and one of the things you're gonna notice

  • If you really start paying attention to the pronunciation of English speakers is that T's are very fragile

  • So they don't survive very long when they're at the end of a word

  • So that's why Kelly doesn't pronounce this word the way that you might expect by saying gotta

  • but she sees that T at the end of the word and gets rid of it and replaces it with a flap and

  • Then matches the two words together into one word and says gotta and that's just what we do in English

  • So she starts this next line off by saying and

  • Honestly, and this phrase literally just means that she's being honest

  • She's not lying to us, but really this is just a filler word that doesn't mean a whole lot

  • It's pretty common to put this phrase before the beginning of a sentence and you can have it there or you can not have it

  • there

  • And it doesn't really change the meaning a whole lot

  • Now let's talk about the word

  • Suck a little bit you might be familiar with this word as in sucking from a straw or sucking on a lollipop

  • Or maybe some other stuff that we're not gonna talk about here

  • And that is one correct meaning of this word

  • But that is not the way that she's using this verb here

  • And this is just a slang way of saying something is really bad

  • so you can say

  • This movie sucks, and it basically means, I don't like this movie

  • Or you can say I suck at basketball and that just means that you are not a good basketball player

  • now you want to be careful with this word because it does have sexual connotations and

  • It is a little bit rude

  • No matter how you say it, so you want to be careful who you say this to um

  • My mom used to scold me whenever she would hear me say this word when I was a kid

  • So maybe don't say this in front of children don't say it in front of old people don't say it at church

  • Or at a job interview, but you can say it with your friends. That's usually okay, so what Kelly is saying here

  • Is that her life would not be good without this guy and she's saying it in a very informal

  • slangy way

  • And this is a way that someone would be likely to actually speak to their boyfriend in real life

  • Baby

  • And I want to talk about this phrase where she says pick a fight because really that's three words

  • But it kind of acts as one verb because you can say pick your nose or pick out a puppy or something and that

  • word pick really has a different meaning from

  • what we're talking about here and the

  • Phrase pick a fight means you're trying to start a fight

  • so maybe that means you throw the first punch, or you try to talk or

  • Behave in a way that makes the other person

  • Want to start the fight so if you know you want a fight?

  • then you can try to get them to start it and that way you're innocent because

  • You didn't throw the first punch, and that's what we're talking about when we say pick a fight now the word fights

  • also has more than one meaning and what she's talking about here is probably not a

  • Physical fight where you're punching and kicking and biting each other, but rather a verbal fight or an argument?

  • where you're yelling at each other and making threats and insults and these kind of things and

  • I want you to notice how she tries to rhyme the word goodbye

  • With fight and that's another example of a word that ends with a T that she does not

  • Pronounce it's like a silent T almost, so that's how she can get away with rhyming goodbyes and fight

  • She just kind of suddenly stops the vowel and that's how we know there was supposed to be a T there

  • We call that a glottal stop

  • So she says that she has a bunch of issues and the word issues has a few different meanings here

  • It just means that she has problems. We don't know what her problems are maybe she has anger problems or